Deacon Henry E. Newby, Sr., of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021, following a period of declining health. He was 81.
Henry was born on January 19, 1939, in Huntsville, Alabama, a son to Willie Walter and Laura Mae (Harden) Newby.
He attended school at Council Training High School, Huntsville, where he played various sports. In 1959, Henry moved to Farrell, Pennsylvania. He was an accomplished Bass player, showcasing his professional talents for the Gospel Group, “The Heavenaires.”
Throughout his working days, Mr. Newby was a “Jack of all trades”, helping Mr. Culp with his salvage disposal service, and working at Malleable & National Castings. He may be remembered last working for Council of Government as a southern route bus driver.
He was a former member of the Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ. In 1982, he joined the Greater New & Living Way Temple of the Apostolic Faith, where he was ordained a Head Deacon, while under the leadership of Bishop Alvin J. McCoy. Deacon Newby served as a Sunday School Teacher and maintenance person before his health began to fail.
His hobbies included fishing, listening to music, playing various types of games, and singing.
He married the former Flora L. Farrow on June 23, 1961, who survives at home. In addition, out of this union came 5 children, Minister Ira D. Newby, Apostle Sonja D. (Jason) Theodore, Apostle Janet Newby, all of Raleigh, North Carolina, Henry E. (Ann) Newby, Jr., Las Vegas, Nevada, and David L. (Keisha) Newby, of Hermitage, and his eldest son, Larry (Linda) Miller, of Huntsville; his 25 grandchildren, his 33 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Robert E. Newby, Sr., Dorothy L. Chester, both of Sharon, Pennsylvania, and Bobby B. Newby, of Hermitage; his sisters-in-law, Johnnie K. Newby, Patricia Newby, and Elsie Cook; and his extended family, Godchildren, and many friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Rev. Dr. William W., Harvey L., and Larry D. Newby; sisters, Richetta Thomas, Fannie M. Chester, Brenda J. Reno, and infants, Geneva and Suedale Newby; and in-laws, Edith Louise Newby, Dorothy Newby, Robert Smith, and James Thomas.
Public Calling Hours will be observed from 9:00-11:00 AM, Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Greater New & Living Way Temple of the Apostolic Faith, 840 Highland Rd., Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear a mask and follow recommended protocols. A Private Family Home Going Service will be held at 11:00 AM, also in the church. He will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for his family at: www.bricelandfuneralservice.com
Memorial contributions can be payable to the Greater New & Living Way Temple of the Apostolic Faith, or to his wife, Flora L. Newby, P.O. Box 99, Farrell, Pennsylvania 16121.
Co-ordination of this tribute for Deacon Newby was presented by Daniel Briceland, Owner & Director of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC, Brookfield, Ohio (330-509-3135).
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